Dope Ass Mom beauty buys

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1: Image Skincare Vital C Hydrating Overnight Mask 

I was recently introduced to Image Skincare by a rep that came to visit Chicago and I am hooked. While I do love all of their products, this overnight mask is on rotation in my routine. I put it on before I got to bed 4 to 5 nights a week and rinse it off with warm water in the morning. My skin is always glowing and feels extra hydrated!

2: Mila Moursi Refining Lotion 

I tend to have very dry skin on my forehead and chin area. I have struggled because It normally looks fine without makeup but as soon as I put on a foundation it starts to cake in these areas. This refining lotion improves the texture of my skin after 1 night of use. I normally alternate this and the Overnight Mask and it works wonders for my skin. No more flakey forehead!

3: Image Skincare Ormedic Care Lip 

Hands down best lip gloss I have ever used. I need 10 of these to place strategically around my house and car. I put this on every night before I go to bed and my lips always feel amazing in the morning.

4: BY TERRY Cellurose Brightening Serum

This is one of my favorite products right now. Besides loving the absolutely intoxicating smell of the rose oil, this serum leaves my skin super hydrated without feeling oily.

5: SIO Beauty SIO Skinpad

This is a miracle worker for side sleepers! I always wake up with a smooth hydrated decollete area. Now I no longer have to worry about forcing myself to sleep on my back! One pad lasts for 30 days and all you need to do is wash it with soap and water when you wake up then leave it out on your counter to dry for the day.

 

 

 

Andrea Levoff Dope Ass Mom

I can’t believe 2018 is coming to an end. This year has been a rollercoaster ride for me but jam-packed with so much learning, growth, and FUN.  This year, I made a promise to myself that I’m not waiting until January 2019 to get my new goals and intentions started. The last 3 months of the year can be very powerful. I’ve found that goals are so much easier to tackle when they are concise and specific and they have a big WHY attached to them, meaning there is a compelling reason to achieve them. While I do have a lot of things I want to accomplish, I chose three bigger goals that will actually kick start and lay a good foundation for the bigger things I want to achieve. Here is my list in hopes that it might inspire one for yourself:

1. Social Media Free Weekends  

There’s something about this season where everything is speeding up that makes me want to slow down. What can I say, I’ve always been rebellious like that. Social media is complicated for me. It’s part of my business for one and I also really enjoy the connections and friendships it brings. It can also leave me feeling drained and keeps me from being present with the ones I love. This month I’m starting with one social free media weekend once a month. I’m starting with once a month because that feels doable, but I’m also open that growing into social media free weekends period. I’m excited to see what I accomplish, whether it be tasks or just closer relationships with the ones that matter the most to me. I will keep you updated!

Andrea Levoff Goals

 

2. Take back my time

This season can be so busy with events and social commitments outside the home. I really want to make sure when I do go out and leave my kids with a sitter that’s it’s serving me in some way. Whether it be for my business or true connections with friends, I know I need to check in with myself and ask those important questions. As much as I love people, I need my alone time and feel fully recharged when I spend time alone or with small groups. I’ve found myself slipping into my old habits of over committing lately and it’s no longer working for me. I know I can be a better person to everyone that needs me when I am taking care of myself.

3. Healthy Mind and Body 

When I meditate my life is easier. It’s that simple. I go through stages of this quiet time for myself and my plan of action is to get back into it as we close out the year. I can’t think of a better ( or more needed) season to start.  I am starting with 20 minutes in the morning and 20 minutes in the afternoon.  If you are interested in making a meditation practice for yourself one of my favorite apps to use is Headspace. Another one of my goals in this category is to eat at home more often. I often go out or order out so I’m committing to 5 meals a week home cooked. Frozen pizza counts of course!

That’s it! Short and simple and totally achievable! Another interesting thing about goals is that when we set them up so they are easy to achieve it builds trust with ourselves and makes it easier to achieve bigger things. I would love to hear from you guys what you are looking to cultivate in these last 3 months of 2018!

Andrea Levoff, Dope Ass Mom

 

 

 

 

Dope Ass Mom, sibling rivalry

I consider myself a pretty easy going person but when my kids fight IT DRIVES ME INSANE. Sibling rivalry is the name experts have given it but pure hell is a more accurate description to me.  It’s enough when they are being difficult on their own but when they argue and wine it’s a special kind of annoying sauce that seems like it was made just to hit my buttons. ORDER UP! I know this is familiar to anyone who has kids that are close in age. When I got pregnant with Max I was so excited to give Anna a sibling.

“They will be the best of friends,” I thought to myself as I daydreamed about them playing quietly while I cooked dinner. The second I started dilating I knew that wasn’t going to be the case. Anna was jealous that she no longer had my undivided attention and in her mind, obviously, Max was the reason. I am no parenting expert but my exhaustive research and common sense have led me to the following conclusions.

The main key that I have found is prevention. This involves strengthening your relationship with each child, their relationship but not in obvious team building way because they will see right through that shit! Here are some things that have worked for our family :

Dope Ass mom sibling rivalry

Spend individual time with each child

Kids don’t want to share you because let’s face it, you’re amazing. You are their favorite toy! Spending time alone with each child lets them know that they are special to you and gives you time to connect. I try to do to this every week even if I’m busy. A quick errand just the two of us can turn into a mini “date.” Once a month I try to make it more special like a movie or a meal out.

Reward the pleasant behavior with PRAISE 

I mean lay it on THICK. I’ve read this in multiple parenting books and I know why! It works! With older kids, you need to be careful because they can call bullshit if you aren’t being sincere. Just make sure you are sincerely liking their behavior and don’t hesitate to leave out any moment that even resembles a good sibling relationship.   A positive side effect of this practice is that you will actually start to see more of this because you are looking for it! You really do get what you look for!

Plan a day of YES

I learned this from a friend of mine when my daughter was in preschool and guys this is brilliant. We have a day every once in a while called the day of ” yes.” So everything they ask for ( within reason of course) is a YES! Ice cream for breakfast?! SURE, stay up late? OF COURSE! I was so afraid to start this but honestly, they rarely ask for something that I can’t let slide for one day. They also feel united in their front to come up with crazy requests together. Try it and please let me know how it goes. The stories can be rather entertaining!

Choose love 

When our children are fighting, it’s easy to get caught up in the right and wrong and start screaming. Truth be told often our own stuff gets triggered when we are caught up in heated moments and it’s very hard to control our own emotions about the situations. Anytime I’m able to take a step back and take a breath and choose love, it always ends more peaceful. Choosing this way doesn’t mean not setting limits, it simply means not getting caught up in emotions and trying to understand my kid’s perspectives. More kids = more perspectives = more work,  but also MORE LOVE.

Dope Ass mom sibling rivalry

Dope Ass Mom, Andrea Levoff, Ann Taylor, leopard heels, distressed denim, white blouse, how to style leopard for Fall, fall outfit ideas, mom style for fall 2018

It’s no secret that I love leopard. I seriously consider it a neutral and therefore it goes with everything. Ann Taylor has such a good selection of leopard this season and I wanted to highlight some of my favorite pieces – plus everything is 40% off right now (use code FALLFAVES at checkout). As a busy mom who is always on the go it’s important to me to look stylish but not too fussy. I don’t have the time or patience to worry too much about accessorizing so I like to wear things that are easy and stylish on their own.

I love these leopard pumps with a pair of distressed denim and a white shirt so that they really stand out. These would also look great with jeans and a t-shirt or a simple dress. You really cannot style these wrong. These are a great way to add interest and edge to a simple outfit and bonus: they are super comfortable.

Dope Ass Mom, Andrea Levoff, Ann Taylor, leopard heels, distressed denim, white blouse, how to style leopard for Fall, fall outfit ideas, mom style for fall 2018

Dope Ass Mom, Andrea Levoff, Ann Taylor, leopard heels, distressed denim, white blouse, how to style leopard for Fall, fall outfit ideas, mom style for fall 2018

This Leopard sweater is one of my favorite throw-on pieces from this seasons collection. I actually threw this over one of my favorite dresses and paired it with an awesome pair of red booties. Layer this over a crisp white shirt for a colder day or for a more corporate setting. This sweater would also be awesome with jeans or leather pants for a bit more edge.

Dope Ass Mom, Andrea Levoff, Ann Taylor, how to style leopard for Fall, fall outfit ideas, mom style for fall 2018, red booties, leopard sweater, black lace skirt

Dope Ass Mom, Andrea Levoff, Ann Taylor, how to style leopard for Fall, fall outfit ideas, mom style for fall 2018, red booties, leopard sweater, black lace skirt

This trench coat is my absolute fave! The cheetah dots make it so much more interesting than just a regular khaki trench and It’s the perfect weight for travel or those crisp fall days. It looks good over t-shirts or even worn as a shirt if you button it up and tie it all the way. It’s an instant way to elevate a simple outfit without looking too overdone.

All of my selections fit my mom uniform criteria of simple, chic and not so expensive (don’t forget to use code FALLFAVES for 40% off everything!) that I’m going to have a hernia if something is ruined by a spaghetti stain. We all know marinara happens sometimes.

Dope Ass Mom, Andrea Levoff, Ann Taylor, how to style leopard for Fall, fall outfit ideas, mom style for fall 2018, red booties, leopard trench coat, leopard coat, distressed denim, graphic tee, how to style a graphic tee

Dope Ass Mom, Andrea Levoff, Ann Taylor, how to style leopard for Fall, fall outfit ideas, mom style for fall 2018, red booties, leopard trench coat, leopard coat, distressed denim, graphic tee, how to style a graphic tee

 

George Salon, Chicago

Did you guys know that I’ve only been a redhead for a short time of my life? I spent most of life as a die-hard blonde. I am not exaggerating when I say die-hard. As any Texas girl knows, we take blonde very seriously. It was truly part of my identity. I’ve been all shades of blonde, but mostly I just loved being a golden goddess. It wasn’t until I found George The Salon that I even considered trying another color.

In May of 2017, I decided to take the plunge and go crimson! I was tired of the same old same old. I was experiencing rapid growth in my personal life and needed my outsides to match my insides.

I’ve developed a very strong relationship with my salon and colorist as you can imagine. To the point of if she ever leaves I will track her down and find her are you listening NICOLE!? I’ve been to salons all over the city in my 13 years in Chicago and I have truly found one that feels like home. George The Salon is probably one of my favorites spots in the city!

George Salon, Nicole Berry

Nicole is the best. Beyond having great technical knowledge, she has great vision. When I first came to her asking her if I could go red, her face lit up before proclaiming YES! We looked at pictures together and talked it through. She was so patient with me coming into the salon and talking about it ad-nauseam until finally, I was ready to take the plunge. ( that’s not to mention all the messages I sent her with pictures and questions) She was always so supportive! I had been thinking about going red for a long time but didn’t feel comfortable implementing it until I met her. Any women will tell you that a good colorist and stylist is as important as hiring the right therapist. And if you’re lucky, you get a two for one deal!

Nicole Berry, George Salon, Andrea Levoff Andrea Levoff, George The SalonI’m not sure if it’s because I’m getting older and possibly more bougie but I love the ambiance of George. It’s very zen and relaxing like a spa almost. Whenever they wash your hair they massage your scalp. They always offer you a blanket and want you to feel as relaxed as possible. One time I even brought my daughter and they managed to make that relaxing. The receptionist offered her crayons and a coloring page of her choice before her appointment. I really can’t say enough about their customer service!

Michelle Vincent , George The Salon

I’ve been red for over a year now so the last time I was in I wanted to make a little change without going too drastic. We all know the age-old debate of BANGS.  Michelle convinced me to take the plunge and go with a longer bang. I’m happy with this option because I can still get them out of my face when I’m working out or sleeping. I think they add a stylish element to long hair that is mostly one length.

Nicole’s tips for maintaining vibrant color are: use a sulfate free shampoo, wash less often and get a gloss in between colors. If you are in the Chicago area you need to check out this salon! I promise you will love it as much as I do!

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